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Costa Rica: Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences, & Humanities

San José & field sites, Costa Rica

Leslie Ragde A. Sanchez Talavera

Areas of expertise

Bats Ecology, Forest and Agroecosystem Conservation, Corporate Responsibility, Community Relations, Development and Project Management

Degrees

  • B.S. in Biology, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México-UAEM
  • M.Sc. in Biological Science, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México-UNAM

Potential student research areas

  • Biodiversity inventories in fragments besides agroecosystems
  • Forest management plans
  • Bats living in houses near of banana plantations
  • Support to communities sustainable development projects
  • Plant biodiversity: natural regeneration vs. reforestation programs

Biography

Leslie has lived in Costa Rica for five years.  She worked with the Organization of Tropical Studies as Director’s Assistant of La Selva Biological Station.  Then, in 2008 she was in charge of the Nature and Community Project of Chiquita Brands Int., which is an initiative of Corporate Responsibility and involves conservation, education, community development and sustainability.  Since March 2011, she has been in charge of Chiquita Nature and Community Foundation in Costa Rica, and her responsibilities are fundraising, alliance, and proposals.

Costa Rica: Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences, & Humanities

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Claire Pitstick Participating in the ACM Costa Rica field research program helped me grow in many ways. I significantly improved my Spanish skills and my confidence in communicating with native speakers; I felt like a member of the family in my urban and rural host families; I learned how to propose, conduct, analyze, and present a public health research project; and I ventured out of my comfort zone almost daily as I talked to many new people, struggled to figure out the bus system, interviewed teachers, tried new foods, and was immersed in a new culture. Throughout the semester, I learned so much about this beautiful country, the friendly people, the rich culture, and myself. It was an incredible and unforgettable experience, and I will definitely utilize the skills and knowledge that I gained in my future career as a physician.

—Claire Pitstick, Costa Rica, Spring 2014

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